I want to combine the technical and the creative
Hi, I am a 50 year old looking for a career change. I started my career as an engineering design draughtsman, first on the drawing board and then using CAD. I then diversified into CAD support, and I now work in an IT department as CAD support engineer in a large company, where I am involved in CAD user support and various project work as technical lead.
I have an HNC in Engineering and an Open University degree in IT/CAD. I've been unhappy with my role for a long time now.
One of my strengths (and frustrations!) is that I am a good all-rounder and I can turn my hand to most things, so I have been able to make a success in the world of CAD Support and IT, but deep down I'm not really that interested in it.
My interests are more arts related - architecture, music, history and design. The only real creative outlet I currently have is playing keyboards in a band - I've played in many bands over the years. I also volunteer for the National Trust as room guide. I am very interested in the Creative Choices website and the roles that it features within the design, theatre and heritage sectors in particular. I would be happy in a role that combines the technical and creative.
I appled for a project draughtsman role at the Royal Opera House but didn't get the job, presumably because of lack of experience in the sector.
The main question I have is how do I get my foot in the door as a mature career changer?
— Richard Davies